We must foster a positive frame of mind says Nigel Reo-Coker
DON’T panic – that’s the message from Town new boy Nigel Reo-Coker.
While concerns have been voiced by some supporters over the sheer wealth of new, temporary, faces at Portman Road, it does mean they won’t be so shell-shocked by the events of the first dozen matches.
Heading the list of new faces is Reo-Coker, an actual paid member of staff at the club for the next three months at least.
And the 28-year-old, who has played in the Championship for both Wimbledon and West Ham, believes it is too early to start talking about relegation battles with Town currently second-bottom.
He insisted: “We haven’t even gone past January yet! The experience I have had in this league is priceless. I know what it takes to get out of this situation and it needs a positive frame of mind.
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“I have enjoyed training, the spirits are very high. I know what the manager wants to do and I believe in him.
“Every game is important and we must have the confidence and belief to win every game – that is the approach to have in this league.
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“I was captain of Wimbledon at 19 in this division so I know what it takes to get results. I have watched Ipswich and I know they have some terrific players. We just need to get the right mentality in the dressing room and then the right results will come.”
Reo-Coker admits he is short on match fitness but would welcome the chance to start against Hull City tomorrow.
He added: “It has been a long time since my last game so match fitness is what I am lacking – I am not going to make any lies about that.
“I had a good conversation with the manager at the start of the week, on my first day of training, and I told him my situation.
“My fitness levels are quite good, but the game has developed and moved on so much that there are certain things you can’t get unless you are playing games.”